Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze, is shown here under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. 

The 3,690-passenger vessel is slated to debut in Europe June 3, 2012, with a special 12-day cruise from Venice.  The ship will then operate a series of 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona through October 25 then reposition to Miami for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean departures beginning November 24, 2012.

As Carnival’s newest “Fun Ship,” Carnival Breeze will offer such innovations as an expansive WaterWorks aqua park; the Lanai, a half-mile wraparound promenade with whirlpools that extend over the ship’s sides; SportSquare, an open-air recreation area with a ropes course, fitness area and other outdoor attractions, along with a Caribbean-themed RedFrog Pub and Cucina del Capitano Italian specialty restaurant.